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Kclee
03-28-2005, 02:10 PM
Didn't someone here want to start his own city?




http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7267239/

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Plans are being debated this week for the creation of a new town with the usual amenities: hotels, a convention center, retail shops and churches. But one thing will be different: Sign language will be the preferred way to communicate.


The town is designed to make life easier and more practical for deaf and hard-of-hearing residents, said Terry Sanford, director of town planning for Nederveld Associates, a Grand Rapids, Mich., company that is overseeing the project.

“We want it to be a small town with independent shop owners and enterprises,” he said.

The town would be named Laurent after Laurent Clerc, the French educator who pioneered sign language in the United States. It is the brainchild of Marvin Miller, who was born deaf, and his mother-in-law, M.E. Barwacz.



A week of planning sessions that involves prospective residents and others began Monday in Madison. The town, to be located just west of Sioux Falls off Interstate 80, could welcome residents — deaf and hearing alike — as early as next year.

Plans include shops and homes within walking distance of each other. Each building would have strobe lights and sirens to warn residents of fires or other disasters. The businesses will have many windows to let in as much light as possible.

'We want pioneers'
Architects will incorporate suggestions from the planning sessions for an overall design plan to be presented on Friday.

“At the end of the process we will have pretty specific plans — house details, public buildings and street layouts, the retail centers,” Sanford said.

Ninety-two families and individuals have said they would move to Laurent, nearly the threshold number needed to apply to become a town.

“We want pioneers,” Miller told the Minneapolis Star Tribune recently through an interpreter. “Just like those who came to live here way back when.”

The first residents most likely would work in nearby cities such as Sioux Falls or Mitchell, Sanford said. But the plan is to build a community that supports itself by offering food, lodging and other services for travelers along Interstate 90 — a major byway for sights including Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the Badlands and the Sturgis motorcycle rally.

“We are looking at it with open ears because economically, it could be a fantastic thing for McCook County,” said County Commissioner Ralph Dybdahl. “You don’t build towns every day.”

Ultra Peanut
03-28-2005, 02:19 PM
That's interesting, but they kind of may be straying too close towards "leper colony" territory.

John_Wayne
03-28-2005, 02:35 PM
It would be really quiet there. What if you're not deaf, but you want to move there and are willing to use only sign language just because it'll be so quiet?

CosmicPal
03-28-2005, 02:37 PM
It would be really quiet there. What if you're not deaf, but you want to move there and are willing to use only sign language just because it'll be so quiet?

Not with sirens and flashing lights going off all the time

CosmicPal
03-28-2005, 02:38 PM
The middle finger just might be the most prevalent of the sign languages in this town.

Rain Man
03-28-2005, 02:40 PM
They're stealing my idea! (Well, except for the deaf part.)

Ghostof
03-28-2005, 02:44 PM
Sounds like my kind of city....no one pays attention to me here so I would fit right in.

kc rush
03-28-2005, 02:58 PM
It would be really quiet there. What if you're not deaf, but you want to move there and are willing to use only sign language just because it'll be so quiet?


Maybe not. Who here had the fat deaf neighbor lady that would have sex and scream incoherently all night?

Mr. Kotter
03-28-2005, 03:00 PM
We could be onto somethin' here: maybe we could get "other groups" to self-segregate too. :rolleyes:

Wierd. :shake:

Ultra Peanut
03-28-2005, 03:01 PM
A city for Deaf People ... 03-28-2005 02:36 PM Ghostof You should move to that deaf city...no one listens to you hereHow cute. ROFL

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jarjar
03-28-2005, 03:26 PM
I could play my music as loud as I wanted and nobody would call the cops.

Rain Man
03-28-2005, 03:38 PM
I'm moving fast and getting in on the ground floor here. I just bought the rights for a radio station in town, and you wouldn't believe how cheap it was.

CosmicPal
03-28-2005, 03:46 PM
I'm moving fast and getting in on the ground floor here. I just bought the rights for a radio station in town, and you wouldn't believe how cheap it was.

I suppose the station's call letters are KDEF?

Pennywise
03-28-2005, 03:48 PM
I could play my music as loud as I wanted and nobody would call the cops.

Or rip loud farts, at will, anywhere in town.

John_Wayne
03-28-2005, 03:56 PM
Not with sirens and flashing lights going off all the time I guess you're right. But, restaraunts would be quiet, right?

morphius
03-28-2005, 04:00 PM
I suppose the station's call letters are KDEF?
I was thinking he should go for KMYM, all mime, all the time.

morphius
03-28-2005, 04:02 PM
I guess you're right. But, restaraunts would be quiet, right?
I don't know, def people can't tell when they are being too loud and especially can't tell whne they have really annoying laughs.

Otter
03-28-2005, 04:06 PM
If you're going to build a city for deaf people you might as well get more bang for your buck and include the population of homeless bums that crowd the streets screaming "spare some change" or "the end is near.

Brando
03-28-2005, 04:47 PM
They need to build a city for all these people that take the pills they advertise on TV. Then they can just market to that city. I can get on watching TV without hearing about four hour erections, and side effects in a low amount of cases include elephantitus of the nuts.

Coach
03-28-2005, 06:58 PM
I don't know, def people can't tell when they are being too loud and especially can't tell whne they have really annoying laughs.

Some do, and some don't. Some do know that they are being a bit loud and can tell they have really annoying laugh. But they don't care. Sure they may be loud and annoying, but then, some of the not hard-of-hearing people are also annoying and do have goofy laughs as well. :shrug:

4th and Long
03-28-2005, 07:02 PM
Segregation. Isn't that illegal or sumfin?

Rain Man
03-28-2005, 07:04 PM
They need to build a city for all these people that take the pills they advertise on TV. Then they can just market to that city. I can get on watching TV without hearing about four hour erections, and side effects in a low amount of cases include elephantitus of the nuts.


What do you think they would name that city?

CosmicPal
03-28-2005, 07:09 PM
What do you think they would name that city?

Prozac City?

Rain Man
03-28-2005, 07:23 PM
Prozac City?


Maybe. I was thinking more along the lines of Moanville.

crossbow
03-28-2005, 08:52 PM
It would be a great place to put a radio station. :banghead:

Lancetastic
03-28-2005, 09:29 PM
The man with the cochlear implant is king.